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Azathioprine plus prednisone in treatment of pemphigoid.

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Twenty-five patients taking part in a controlled trial to compare azathioprine plus prednisone with prednisone alone in the treatment of pemphigoid were followed up for three years. Results showed that the addition of azathioprine 2.5 mg/kg body weight daily reduced the total maintenance dose of prednisone needed by about 45%, with no increase in serious side effects or mortality. The suggestion that azathioprine might increase the risk of disseminated malignancy in elderly patients was not supported. We conclude that in future trials the combination of azathioprine with prednisone should be used as the standard treatment for comparison.

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